un·​planned | \ˌən-ˈpland \

Definition of unplanned 

: not expected or intended : not planned an unplanned detour an unplanned pregnancy

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But women should know that no form of contraception works perfectly, so an unplanned pregnancy could still result from correct usage of this device. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“Natural” birth-control app dogged by unwanted pregnancies gets FDA approval," 15 Aug. 2018 Now, in an unplanned twist, those local factors are reshaping the international game. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "The Premier League’s World Cup Takeover," 8 July 2018 Libya’s unplanned outage was among the biggest drivers, but other factors include problems in Canada, strikes in Norway and U.S. sanctions against Iran. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Oil Tumbles on Libya’s Returning Supply," 11 July 2018 Stop contributions due to job loss or some other crisis? Incur a big, unplanned expense that crowded out your ability to save? Janet Kidd Stewart, charlotteobserver, "The Journey: Retirement savings languish for women," 9 July 2018 In between, lead singer Brendon Urie talked to Today hosts Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist about the new album, and the unplanned way in which the album came together. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Panic! At The Disco Brings 'Pray For The Wicked' to 'Today' Show: Watch," 29 June 2018 One thing that failed bike-share programs in Seattle and two Australian cities had in common were helmet laws that intervened with exactly the sort of casual, often unplanned biking that helps programs like Divvy thrive. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Why I loathe bicycle helmets," 21 June 2018 Mormino said the incident was more of an unplanned landing than a crash, although at first it was reported to police as a crash. Kathleen Megan, courant.com, "Small Plane Has Unplanned Landing At Pratt & Whitney," 16 June 2018 Still, covering for holidays or unplanned sick days can be difficult. Elizabeth Chmurak, NBC News, "The rising cost of child care is being felt all across the country," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unplanned

1775, in the meaning defined above

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